If you really want to go all-out, purchase an airline cocktail kit and make yourself a nice drink at 30,000 feet!
While first-class tickets come with free checked bags and food and drinks, credit cards can also provide similar benefits.
Bring your own entertainment system
The easiest way to make a long flight not to feel like forever is to keep yourself entertained. Thankfully, this is the easiest and most impactful thing you can do. A couple of things that I swear by – a good pair of headphones and a tablet.
They aren’t cheap, but I won’t go anywhere without my Bose QuietComfort headphones. I used to think it was dumb to 1) own noise-canceling headphones and 2) spend more than $40 on a set.
But, once you experience the magic of noise-canceling headphones, you won’t ever be able to live without them on a flight. Crying babies, talkative neighbors or roaring engines will no longer interrupt you.
Trust me when I tell you these will make a huge difference. I’m not just blowing hot air so you use my link to purchase them. They are awesome.
Apple iPad or Amazon Fire Tablet
Now that you have your headphones, you need something to stream content! While you could use your phone, tablets are so much cheaper than they used to be.
The most popular tablet is the iPad. Yes, it isn’t cheap, but if you fly a good bit you will get your money’s worth pretty quickly. It goes without mentioning that you can get use for it when you’re not flying too!
Another option would be getting an Amazon Fire Tablet. The purpose of an Amazon Fire Tablet is to stream and entertain, so it’s a perfect match. The good news is they start at less than $50. There are many different options and styles, but if you want something reliable to stream on, an Amazon tablet could be your best bet.
Many airlines will have content for its passengers to watch for free but passengers need to have a streaming device.
If you don’t want to watch the airline-provided entertainment, with both tablets, you can download Netflix and Amazon Prime shows to watch them offline as long as you have an active account. If you don’t, do not worry because both have free trials to let you try them out!
It might sound obvious, but you’re not going to want to run out of power on your streaming device. While some airlines like Alaska Air have outlets at every seat, a lot of airlines don’t. There are a ton of great options to purchase chargers to keep your devices alive!
I own two of these, but the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh – Ultra High Capacity Power Bank is one of my favorite electronics that I own. I don’t need nearly the power it provides, but I love charging it before a trip, and not having to worry about it until I get home. It gets me 4-5 full phone charges for my iPhone.
If you want something cheaper, there are plenty of options for less than $25:
The MLVOC Travel Pillow is made from memory foam and is oversized which makes it comfortable. What makes it even better is it’s machine washable so it’s easy to clean it. This very affordable travel pillow also comes with an eye mask.
Never trust that the airlines will keep the lights off for the duration of your flight. Not worth the risk. Nothing worse than being in a deep slumber and the lights waking you up 45 minutes prior to landing. Invest in an eye mask.
Yes, flying in first class and business class is the dream, but it’s very possible to avoid the misery of economy class. While using certain credit cards can also help you beat basic economy fares, it’s not hard to feel like you’re flying upfront either.
Even when using points and miles to save money on flights, your miles can go much further when not splurging for a premium cabin.